Shelters, Missions, HUD, and Prisons can not Cope with Growth Postindustrial Spin Off of the Homeless Population – Blog by David M. Boje, Ph.D. Sep 16 2015

Shelters, Missions, HUD, and Prisons can not Cope with Growth Postindustrial Spin Off of the Homeless Population – Blog by David M. Boje, Ph.D. Sep 16 2015

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Fractals are everywhere, so common we do not notice the man-made ones

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A Virtual Fractal to take your mind of the Fractals sucking the life out of the Planet

All the agencies providing so-called ‘care’ to the homeless are growing in number each year, and this is putting more demand upon everyone to donate toilet paper, bottled water, canned food, and money to those agencies. By agencies I mean shelters and missions that are working to move homeless into HUD section 8, housing (aka warehousing them) until they are rehabilitated to live in private housing units.

The fractal-scale of the demand for ‘care’ by agencies given domain over all homeless is growing and spreading worldwide, since half the world’s 7.3 billion population lives on less the $2 a day. The fractal-scale of man-made environment is outstripping what Ivan Illich 1973, Tools for Conviviality)calls the ‘natural scale.’ Natural scale, is a fractal, that repeats a pattern from micro to macro, and this natural-scale-fractal can only sustain a given amount of life, at a specific rate of man-made cities, factories, houses, and agency facilities. One the life-sustaining-capacity of the natural-scale-fractal is exceeded by the resource and pollution caused by the man-made-fractal-scale-environment, then both fractal fall into the abyss, and there is a population die off, nature hopefully recovers, and the relationship between the two fractals begins all over again.

I have been writing about ecological and man-made fractals in two books.

Organizational Change and Global Standardization: Solutions to Standards and Norms Overwhelming Organizations (Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development)Hardcover – Available on 31 Jul 2015

by David M. Boje (Editor)
by Tonya Henderson (Author),David M. Boje (Author)

The one with Tonya Henderson, just arrived in the mail, yesterday.

“The word fractal in Latin is fractus and means to be broken, jagged, and uneven, with repeating shapes of self-sameness or irregular curves across different scales (Henderson & Boje, 2015: xiii).

The agencies, the man-made environment, and the natural environment self-organize, fractally, and this means that there is ‘fractal storytelling’ as the multiple fractals of the man-made environment feed off the fractals of the natural world. Of course, there is no longer any separation between them, as they are a completely entangled multifractal. We introduce Fractal Change Management (FCM) and Fractal Action Research methods (FARM) as ways to get the multifractal processes beck into balance.

How is FCM and FARM going to intervene in the runaway postindustrial man-made-fractal-scale-environment outstripping the capacity of the natural-scale-fractal?  Since these are so very entangled on a multifractal scale from the very local to global, and we have long ago surpassed anything deserving of the title, ‘sustainable’ we have to start addressing the overall dynamics, the complexities of the multifractal itself.

Can we find a new balance for this multifractal mess? Can we come up with a new strategy to replace the traditional shelters, missions, HUD-human-wareHOUSING, the private prisons, and refugee camps, now spreading globally, where the homeless and poor are assets for fund raising, the homeless are inputs to the agencies, and become a basic necessity to their fundraising, and legitimate massive donations of bottled water, processed food, toilette paper, and money while the population of the world’s homeless continues to grow exponentially, thereby outstripping donor resources, agency-care-resources, and you guessed it, the life-giving capacity of the natural-scale-fractal to sustain the man-made-fractal-sale of it all.

In our postindustrial service economy and society, we have greatly exceeded the sustainability limits of the natural-fractal-scale. Corporations are making water the next scarce commodity, having depleted the easy oil availability.  All that plastic from the donated water, is piling up in land fills, blowing across the lands, floating in the great swirls of plastic in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, breaking down into cancerous agents, polluting the fish, meaning less food, and increased homeless populations who once waded into the waters and claimed a meal without any intervening so-called ‘care’ agencies or institutions, or processed food fast fish places to eat.

These fractal scales must be studied, identified, and their balance of power, and symbiosis, changed, in order to find the new balance.

If the growth and consequence of postindustrial production, distribution, and consumption.  As Rachael Carson put it, we are in for the Silent Spring. The natural-scale-fractal milieu is not sustaining the growth of postindustrial capitalism, and the promised technological devices of iPhone and iPad are not doing anything about this, other than giving the wealthy half of the world a virtual world to escape to, since the natural-fractal-scale-world is beyond hope, and the meager recycle-reduce-reuse campaigns are no more effective that all that toilette paper and processed food and bottled water put into the university and corporate donation boxes, was the agents of disaster walk by texting one another on their Android or iPhone.

.Shelters, missions, Hud warehousing, and the private prisons are segregating the poor, isolating the homeless people form the iPhone-Android half of the world, who can then pretend that each donation is able to overcome the unbalance of the multifractal, or that CODES enforcement will control the behavior of the homeless and keep them at bay from the homed-population.

The fractal speed and spread of the multifractal unbalance is way beyond CODE and prison enforcement, or the care-capacity of agencies. For example, “overall, HUD’s 2016 Budget increases gross Budget Authority by 8.7% over FY2015 levels, to $49.311 billion” including $1.4 billion for salaries of HUD managers and staff (HUD Budget 2016).

The United States is the world’s leader in prisons with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails — a 500% increase over the past thirty years. The man-made-prison-fractal is growing, increasing in scale, and in capacity to ‘house’ the homeless and the poor.

“The FY 2014 Budget requests a total of $8.5 billion for federal prisons and detention, a 3.5 percent increase over the FY 2012 appropriated level. Of this amount, $6.9 billion is requested for the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), which is a 4 percent increase ($195.1 million) over FY 2012. Also, $1.6 billion is requested for the Federal Prisoner Detention appropriation (formerly, the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee), which is a 3.5 percent increase ($54.9 million) over the FY 2012 enacted detention funding level (not including rescission of balances)” (Prisons Budget).

Trace the fractal-scale, map it historically, in spacetimemattering. “In 2002, 14% of jail inmates reported being homeless, living in a shelter or on the street in the year before their current admission to jail, down from 19% in 1996” (Bureau of Justice).

As Illich (1973: xi) observes “no form of management can make such fundamental destruction serve a social purpose” because in my words, the man-made-fractal-scale is out of all proportion to the carrying capacity of the planet. The cities and agencies, HUD-warehousing-for-humans, and prisons are overwhelmed.  The institutionalization of the poor and homeless is not working. The fractal scale of postindustrial society is producing destruction at a greater rate than the capacity of shelters-missions-HUD-prisons to keep up with it all.